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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Sean Kelly

Canada's Top Ten: My Thoughts on Rebelle (War Witch)

rebelleRebelle (War Witch) follows a teenage girl from the Congo named Komona, who is taken from her village and forced to join a group of rebel forces.  She drinks “magic milk” from a tree, which results in her seeing the ghosts of her parents, who warn her of upcoming danger.  This labels her as a witch among the other rebels, which gives her both extended privileges and the threat of eventual death.  She begins a romance with an albino rebel named Magician and together they aim to begin a new life together.

I thought that Rebelle was a solid film.  In some ways I thought that the film felt a bit like a Terrence Malick film, through its heavy use of introspective narration by Komona.  While it can be described as a war film, the film changes focus at the halfway point to be more about Komona’s efforts to put her time as a rebel (and the fact that she was forced to shoot her parents) behind her.  In fact, there is a humorous subplot to the film, in which Magician proposes to Komona, but she will only accept if he can find a white rooster (which are apparently rare in the Congo) to give to her.  It was a nice little distraction from the dark subject matter of the rest of the film.

Overall, I thought that Rebelle was a decent film and I would recommend checking it out.

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Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).